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The 1972 Italian Grand Prix was the tenth race of the 1972 Formula One season, held on September 10 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Championship leader Emerson Fittipaldi in a Lotus won the race to clinch his first world championship. Second place was Mike Hailwood in a Surtees, with Denny Hulme in a McLaren coming in third.


BackgroundEdit

Teams have long been critical of the 150 mph slipstreaming battles that Monza was known for, and this year the track attempted to remedy that. Two chicanes were added, completely transforming the nature of the circuit. The first change is coming out of the Parabolica, the cars were kept to the right side of the front straight, until just before the old banked turn, when the cars needed to make a slow left-right turn. A short escape road with a gate was for those who overshot their braking. The second change was at the old Ascari corner, where a gentle, sweeping lefthander was replaced by a tighter complex, going left-right-left around a new island. The changes added roughly fourteen seconds per lap, and caused a huge increase in brake usage.

  • Brabham: All three cars had new rear wings, designed to provide downforce while minimizing drag.
  • BRM: After a gap of several races, with a lot of refinements, BRM entered one of the {{BRM P180|P180s]] in the hands of Jean-Pierre Beltoise. Handling and aerodynamics were much improved. The team also entered P160Cs for Howden Ganley, Peter Gethin and Reine Wisell, but the drain on the resources by running four and five cars for so many races had taken its toll, as the BRM engines were now noticeably down on power to the competition.
  • Ferrari: No changes to the cars, but Mario Andretti returned to drive a brand new chassis.
  • Lotus: Colin Chapman had been assured by the organizers that there would be no further repercussions of the Jochen Rindt accident of two years earlier, but he was taking no chances. The team only entered one car (plus a spare) for Emerson Fittipaldi, under their alternate guise of World Wide Racing. Each car was shipped in a separate transporter, and the spare car transporter remained on the French side of the Mont Blanc Tunnel unless needed, to minimize the chances of cars and equipment being seized by Italian authorities. This actually worked to their advantage, as the primary transporter blew a tire, and crashed heavily on the Autostrada. Fittipaldi's primary race car suffered a fair amount of damage in the crash, so he ran the entire weekend using the spare car. It was later revealed that Dave Walker had been dropped from Lotus, after it was discovered that he had tested a Formula 2 car for another team (rumored to be Tecno).
  • March: Niki Lauda's car had the full-width nose and twin front radiators seen in practice on the spare car at Austria.
  • Matra: Chris Amon's primary car had an engine specially tuned for maximum power.
  • Surtees: The team had unveiled a new car, the TS14, designed to meet the new 1973 regulations. John Surtees had all but officially retired from driving, but he entered himself to test the TS14 under race conditions. The other cars had no changes.
  • Tecno: A great deal of hard work had enabled the team to complete a second car, for Nanni Galli. The new car was almost identical to the original one, but of a much neater appearance.
  • Tyrrell: Testing discovered that the front suspension mounts were flexing in the 005 car, which was suspected of causing the handling gremlins of the last several races. Correcting that has also allowed the team to complete work on the new 006 model, now scheduled to be used by François Cevert in Canada. Cevert was still using 002 at Monza, and both 005 and 002 were sporting huge engine air boxes, with a triangular intake opening reaching several inches above the roll bar. Jackie Stewart also tried a first gear with a higher than normal ratio, thinking that it would help with acceleration out of the first chicane. He used that gear in the race, a decision that would cost him dearly.
  • Williams: The Politoys had been repaired from Henri Pescarolo's Brands Hatch crash, but developed transmission problems in unofficial practice, and was withdrawn. His March 721 had been repaired from the crash in Austria, but he crashed again (nine crashes in the last eight races!) in unofficial practice, and the repairs were not good enough to allow him to qualify, so Pescarolo missed his second straight race.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1972 Italian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 005 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
2 France François Cevert United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 002 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
3 United States Mario Andretti Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy S.p.A. Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari 001/1 F12 3.0 F
6 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom World Wide Racing Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
7 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees Surtees TS14 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
8 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Flame Out Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
9 Italy Andrea de Adamich United Kingdom Ceramica Pagnossin Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
10 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees TS9B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
11 Italy Nanni Galli Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3T2 Tecno Series-P F12 3.0 F
12 United Kingdom Derek Bell Italy Martini Racing Tecno PA123/3T2 Tecno Series-P F12 3.0 F
14 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
15 United States Peter Revson United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
16 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler United Kingdom Clarke Mordaunt Guthrie Durlacher Racing March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 F
18 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
19 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
20 New Zealand Chris Amon France Equipe Matra Sports Matra MS120D Matra MS72 V12 3.0 G
21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P180 BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
22 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
24 Sweden Reine Wisell United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 V12 3.0 F
25 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
26 Brazil Carlos Pace United Kingdom Team Williams-Motul March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
28 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
29 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT34 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G
30 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT37 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0 G

Practice Overview Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:35.65
2 20 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 1:35.69 +0.04
3 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 1:35.79 +0.14
4 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 1:35.83 +0.18
5 14 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 1:35.97 +0.32
6 31 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 1:36.29 +0.64
7 3 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 1:36.32 +0.67
8 15 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 1:36.42 +0.77
9 10 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 1:36.50 +0.85
10 9 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 1:36.68 +1.03
11 30 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 1:37.12 +1.47
12 23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 1:37.21 +1.56
13 28 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 1:37.61 +1.96
14 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 1:37.79 +2.14
15 29 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 1:37.82 +2.17
16 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:37.82 +2.17
17 22 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:37.91 +2.26
18 26 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 1:37.98 +2.33
19 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 1:38.31 +2.66
20 18 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 1:38.52 +2.87
21 9 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 1:38.60 +2.95
22 8 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 1:38.61 +2.96
23 11 Italy Nanni Galli Tecno 1:38.64 +2.99
24 19 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 1:38.70 +3.05
25 16 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 1:39.73 +4.08
DNQ 25 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford 1:40.21 +4.56
DNQ 12 United Kingdom Derek Bell Tecno 1:42.07 +6.42

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford 55 1:29:58.4 6 9
2 10 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 55 +14.5 9 6
3 14 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 55 +23.8 5 4
4 15 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford 55 +35.7 8 3
5 28 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Ford 55 +1:05.6 13 2
6 23 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 55 +1:21.9 12 1
7 3 United States Mario Andretti Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 7  
8 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 54 +1 Lap 16  
9 19 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 54 +1 Lap 24  
10 16 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler March-Ford 54 +1 Lap 25  
11 22 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 52 +3 Laps 17  
12 24 Sweden Reine Wisell BRM 51 +4 Laps 10  
13 18 Austria Niki Lauda March-Ford 50 +5 Laps 20  
Ret 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 46 Electrics 1  
Ret 20 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 38 Brakes 2  
Ret 9 Italy Andrea de Adamich Surtees-Ford 34 Drive shaft 21  
Ret 8 Australia Tim Schenken Surtees-Ford 21 Accident 22  
Ret 29 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi Brabham-Ford 20 Suspension 15  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees-Ford 20 Fuel pressure 19  
Ret 5 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 17 Accident damage 4  
Ret 26 Brazil Carlos Pace March-Ford 16 Accident 18  
Ret 30 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford 15 Suspension 11  
Ret 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 14 Engine 14  
Ret 11 Italy Nanni Galli Tecno 7 Engine 23  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford 0 Clutch 3  

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Pritchard, Anthony (1973). The Motor Racing Year No4. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. pp. 113-120. ISBN 0-393-08677-1.
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V T E 1972 Formula One Season
Constructors Brabham • BRM • Connew • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Politoys • Surtees • Tecno • Tyrrell
Engines BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra • Tecno
Drivers de Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Beuttler • Brack • Cevert • Charlton • Depailler • Ferguson • E. Fittipaldi • W. Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hulme • Ickx • Lauda • Love • Marko • Merzario • Migault • Oliver • Pace • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Redman • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Revson • J. Scheckter • Schenken • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Walker • Wisell
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